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December 8, 2019 / Heather

Hiatus

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Not a post I thought I’d be making, but it’s been in the works for a little while now.

November was NaNoWriMo and it went… Well for the most part. I finished, but I felt like something was missing this year.

I released a book in October. I’m releasing another one on December 23rd.

Work is work.

With those said, there’s a lot going on inside my head and a lot that I’m trying to figure out right now and handle. This blog will be taking at least a small hiatus of a couple months, so the next post this blog sees from me will likely not be until March 2020.

I will still be updating my Twitter account, Instagram, and Facebook page with some information off and on.

For some reason, my mental health hasn’t been what it should be, especially lately and that comes first. I do have plans to edit and publish things in 2020 and get some new things written and I’m working on a plan for getting those polished and out.

There have been a lot of changes in my life, especially lately that leave me feeling off balance when it’s usually hard to knock me off my feet.

Twitter and Instagram are under HRShavor and there are links to everything under the contact page here on the blog.

I will be fine. I will always be fine. I just want to feel better than where I’m at.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone. I’ll be back soon. ❤ Peace.

~H

October 16, 2019 / Heather

Release Dates

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I rather like this bitmoji. Reminds me of Ready Player One and makes me feel powerful.

Just a small, quick update for everyone with the book covers and release dates.

Because I Am Awake Front

Because I Am Awake releases October 23rd.

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Unexpected Moments releases December 23rd.

~H

October 9, 2019 / Heather

Unexpected Moments Update

Hey all.

I’m typing this post a week before it goes out, but I wanted to have something ready since I missed a couple of weeks.

I just finished checking everything for “Unexpected Moments” and everything appears to be in order. “Unexpected Moments” is officially on track for the planned release date.

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Above image is how I’m feeling right now.

This book has been in process for years, guys. I started writing it probably 8 years ago? I don’t even really remember when I started writing it or how it came to be, but about 3 years ago I found it and decided I was going to finish it. This project has been near and dear to me for a long time and picking it back up was a great feeling.

I finished writing it over a year ago.

I’ve been editing it since then.

I’ve gone through round after round of edits and I took it to writing group before in the early edit rounds.

I commissioned an artist for the front cover. I designed the rest for the flat cover. I finished tweaking things and it’s done. After years of working on this project I can say it’s done.

And it might be a while before I try to tackle another novel-in-verse. Or if I try to tackle another one it will have specific things in mind that I will adhere to for reasons that will save me grief and time later.

By the time you’re reading this I will either be waiting on my first physical proof to get to me or I will have it in my hands and be freaking out because I’ve been suffering from impostor syndrome. For those who don’t know that’s where you feel like you don’t belong. So I’ve been feeling like I’m not good enough to really be a writer. Thing is, I know my work is good. I’ve placed in contests, I’ve gotten numerous comments, and when I read back through some of my work I step back and go “wow”. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve written so many things that when a friend featured a handful of poets and I was one I read through one of my own pieces and went “why does this sound familiar???” because I honestly didn’t recognize that it was my work until I looked at the account she shared the piece from. -.-‘

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Sorry for any absences coming. I’ll try to keep updating, but make no promises or guarantees. Stay safe everyone. For those doing NaNo stay safe, sane, and good luck on your journey.

~H

October 2, 2019 / Heather

Sporadic Posts Coming

Hey everyone.

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Sorry I haven’t updated in a little while. Things have been kind of hectic and I’m trying to prepare for a handful of things.

Life:

Chaos. Just… Chaos. Good chaos though! I have found a deep love of needle felting.

Writing:

NaNoWriMo is nearing closer and closer with every day, my first book “Because I Am Awake” releases in 3 weeks, my second book “Unexpected Moments” will release December 23rd, and I attend 2 writing groups.

NaNo:

I’m going a nontraditional route this year and am planning on writing 3 short stories as one book around a central-ish theme. Each story will be a goal of 17,000 words which will then total 51,000 for November. The NaNo site was updated and is still having some issues, but the HQ staff are amazing and on top of it. I also need to figure out information and get things planned for the region. I have something I hope is cool for some participants. I’m really excited about it.

And yeah, you read that right earlier. “Because I Am Awake” releases on October 23rd. Kindle copies are available for pre-order, but physical copies won’t let me give that option. So on the 23rd I’ll be pressing the publish button which is… Hold on, there’s a bitmoji for this…

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Terrifying and exciting and just… My brain errors out because of this. Ever. Single. Time.

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You may or may not hear from me as I get everything around for what’s coming up. There’s still a contact me page here on the blog. I welcome you to use it. Peace for now all. Happy Fall!

~H

September 11, 2019 / Heather

Small Update

Because I Am Awake is still on track for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

Proof copy #2 arrives tomorrow.

I’m thoroughly excited.


Unexpected Moments is on track right now for my planned/scheduled release date.

I’ve got a lot of work to do on it and most of that will happen during some late nights this weekend.


I recently got a PlayStation 4 and I’ve been gaming nightly with Vitca (or almost nightly). It’s been a really fun change of pace and a great stress relief. We use party chat while we game so it’s easier to talk and I forgot how much I enjoy gaming with someone.


Have a Jade picture because she’s adorable. (It’s an old pic.)

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Peace for now all.

~H

August 28, 2019 / Heather

Proofs, Edits, & Writing

As I start typing this my wrist is already hurting me, but I wanted to get SOMETHING out this week because I didn’t last week and I don’t know if I’ll get something out next week.

If you follow my Facebook page you may have already seen I ordered a proof copy of “Because I Am Awake” and it arrived and I’ve basically been in shock since. I’m not doing a cover reveal yet.

While I was away last week (I was dog sitting) I managed to get the next (and final?) round of edits done for “Unexpected Moments”.

At work today I spent a little over 6 hours at a computer. Most of that was typing. A lot of typing.

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I’m now sitting at home working on “Unexpected Moments” because instead of making the changes like I’d done before I decided that making a new document and typing everything fresh would be better. While it IS better and I have the time to do so, my wrist isn’t thrilled because typing and typing and typing is not fun for it. Such is the life I lead.

There is something satisfying about knowing that I’ve got 25% of “Unexpected Moments” typed back up though. And the cover is waiting. It’s been finished for quite some time.

If I get the chance to talk about it in a coming post I’ll share what I’m going to work on for NaNoWriMo this November! 😀 I’ve known what I’m going to work on for a while. It’s exciting and kind of nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s an idea I had a few years ago and never touched. It’s calling to me now.

TL;DR

My project list:

  • “Because I Am Awake”
    • Cover reveal
    • Release (these might be one thing)
  • “Unexpected Moments”
    • Finish typing everything fresh
    • Cover
    • Proof process
    • Cover reveal/release
  • NaNoWriMo
    • All of the things.
    • Seriously, I’ve got basic ideas right now.
    • I don’t even have plot or characters yet.

Peace for now all.

~H

August 15, 2019 / Heather

Writing Groups

A lot of people have some experience with writing Groups and some people have no experience with them. This is mostly just my thoughts about writing groups and my experiences.

The first group I ever attended did not do me good. I made a friend or two, but the structure was rough, the critique wasn’t always good, and I didn’t feel good going. I was also the youngest one there.

The second group I attended was years after I stopped going to the first. A friend from group 1 talked with me about it and I made friends with that whole group. I felt welcome. Always. The structure was more open and, well, welcoming. That group was told to stop meeting as hosted from the library, but we picked it back up ourselves. This group has been immensely helpful for me. I still go to this group.

The third group I’m going to just started meeting. Seriously, yesterday was the first meeting. I already feel welcome and I’m excited to keep going back. The format is different from the other two and I’m excited to see how it grows.

I also have a couple of groups online where we discuss a lot of things. One in particular I met on DeviantArt.com in the chatrooms and they are so wonderfully eccentric and amazing that I love having them in my life and consider them family.

Not everyone likes writing groups. And that’s okay! That’s great even! I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the group’s I’ve been in and that’s my experience. I went to one that wasn’t a fit for me so I stopped going. Not every group fits every writer.

Why do I mention these now? One because the new group just started and two because NaNo is coming up in just over 2 months. 😱

Another reason is my posts might slow down slightly. Currently I meet (almost) every Tuesday with a friend for a writing project, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays I have one writing group, the 2nd Wednesdays of the months I have another writing group, and then there’s the 2 books in trying to work on getting out along with working and holding not only somewhat of a social life, but holding a healthy relationship. When did I get a life? O.o It truly baffles me.

Do any of you have questions about writing groups? Experience with them? Share your thoughts and experiences! I’d love to know!

~H

August 7, 2019 / Heather

10 Years? O.o

I don’t tend to talk a lot about my past.

… At least, I don’t think I’ve talked a lot about my past. Have I?

Anyway…

August 3rd was my high school 10 year reunion.

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It’s hard to believe that I graduated high school 10 years ago. On one hand, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. On the other hand… It feels like we’ve been out for a lot longer.

I went with my sister since she didn’t have work and I’d just gotten off work. It was basically a joke. It was nice to see some of the people that I’d gone to school with, but… I was kind of weirded out. I don’t look like I did back in school. My clothes, hair, glasses… There’s a lot that’s changed, but yet people recognized me left and right.

It was weird!

I’m still working on the book, so don’t fear. Right now it’s still a bunch of technical stuff. I’m eagerly looking through things and preparing to send things in for the possibility of physical proofs.

Yeah… Physical proofs. Just… It’s hard to believe in a way. This has been a dream of mine for a long time. And once I have something physical there’s no turning back. There’s no turning back now anyway.

I’m too excited for this.

That’s all for now everyone. Peace.

~H

July 31, 2019 / Heather

Short Post

Sorry there isn’t a big post this week folks. I’m still working on the book, but there’s nothing fun to share now. It’s currently all detail work. I’m still on track for my planned release.

July 24, 2019 / Heather

Poetry Book Update: Title

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If you saw my last post you’ll know that I was close to finishing the poetry book that I’ve been working on for a while.

While it’s not fully done, all the poems are written, they’re in order, and the file has been created and I’ve tested it a little. I’ve got a front cover and a back cover (for physical copies) so basically now it’s just detail work to make sure it’s correct and exactly how I want it. Other than that, it’s done.

The title? “Because I Am Awake”.

I’m not sharing the cover yet.

For now, I’m going to take a little me time and figure a few things out.

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Basically this means I’m going to focus on getting some reading done and lining up my project list so I know what to work on next and what will need done for those projects. It also means watching a few movies that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time. Like Underworld: Blood Wars, and Adaptation. One of my friends is very excited because I checked out Adaptation on his recommendation.

My next post will likely have an update about what I’m reading or something else in it. For now, on to the reading. Peace all.

~H